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The Week In Rap: The Great Drake/Kendrick Lamar Rivalry

This year, the best story in rap -- and the best story in music, and maybe the best story in popular culture in general -- is the three-way dance that Drake, Kendrick Lamar, and Kanye West have been dancing. They've all been throwing huge shadows over rap for years, and they're all entangled with one… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 18, 2015

Drake Says He Has Nothing To Do With The Drake: Homecoming Movie

The night after Drake's surprise mixtape/album If You're Reading This It's Too Late dropped, reports of a concert film chronicling the early years of his career surfaced. A trailer for the film, which has been promoted under the titles Drake's Homecoming: The Lost Footage and Drake: Homecoming, was released and scheduled screenings in select… More »

By: Caitlin White / March 16, 2015

River Tiber – “No Talk”

We're still sifting through the rubble from the crash landing of Drake's surprise mixtape/album If You're Reading This It's Too Late, and unearthing new gems embedded in the tape is part of the fun. The latest to emerge is "No Talk" by River Tiber, the Toronto-based musician who Drake samples on "No Tellin'." Since… More »

By: Caitlin White / March 9, 2015

Hear The Unreleased Second Verse Of Drake’s “Madonna”

Ronald Coleman, aka OG Ron C, carries on the Houston chopped and screwed tradition that DJ Screw created in the early '90s. Coleman is taking on Drake's new surprise mixtape/album If You're Reading This It's Late, and to preview his slowed-down version -- aptly dubbed If You're Choppin This It's Too Late -- he's shared… More »

By: Caitlin White / March 9, 2015

Madonna Will Appear On Kanye West’s So Help Me God And Is Working With Drake

We already knew Kanye West was involved with Madonna's new album Rebel Heart, but now it turns out she'll be on Kanye's So Help Me God too. Madonna shared that tidbit with Complex along with news that has plans to collaborate with Drake: "We're gonna work together. Yeah, baby, it's in the… More »

By: Chris DeVille / March 6, 2015

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

Most of us have better video-watching experiences by falling into YouTube wormholes than we do by keeping up with new music videos as they come out. So with that in mind, let me start off this week's column by introducing you to one. Kelefa Sanneh's great New Yorker article about New York hardcore led me… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 6, 2015

Big Sean – “Blessings” (Feat. Drake & Kanye West) Video

Last week, Big Sean released his shockingly OK new album Dark Sky Paradise. Its greatest moment is probably "Blessings," the churning event-rap banger that features Sean holding his own alongside Drake and Kanye West. Kanye isn't on the album version, for some reason, but he's in the brand-new video, which Darren CraigMore »

By: Tom Breihan / March 3, 2015

Yolandi From Die Antwoord Picks A Fight With Drake

Die Antwoord seemed to be on the verge of climbing to a new tier of celebrity this year with Ninja and Yolandi Visser playing prominent roles in the dystopian sci-fi twee oddity Chappie. Now they'll definitely be more famous, but not for the right reasons; notorious might be a better word for it. Drake and… More »

By: Chris DeVille / March 3, 2015

The Week In Pop: The Grand Rehabilitation Of Lady Gaga

Less than a year ago I published a post with the headline Watch Lady Gaga Get Doused In Neon Vomit While Riding A Mechanical S&M Pig At SXSW, Brought To You By Doritos. The garish excess of Gaga's performance-art spectacle was typical of the obscene brand-mania that has infected SXSW to its core, but… More »

By: Chris DeVille / February 26, 2015

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

All the songs chosen for 5 Best Songs this week are, intentionally or not, crushingly self-reflective and introspective. They concern relationships and how we actually relate to others emotionally, not just romantically, as well as how we treat ourselves. But that's a lot to think about on a Friday afternoon. Let's say that they're all… More »

By: Stereogum / February 20, 2015

Drake’s If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late Was Planned As A Free DatPiff Release

One of the most prominent speculations about Drake's surprise mixtape If You're Reading This It's Too Late is that he only released it as a retail product to complete his four-album contract with Cash Money Records. The idea is that Drake wants to defect from Cash Money along with his mentor, Lil Wayne, who'… More »

By: Chris DeVille / February 20, 2015

The Week In Pop: Fifty Shades Of Grey And The Movie Soundtrack Resurgence

From Saturday Night Fever to Purple Rain to The Godfather, movie soundtracks used to be a major factor on the albums chart. Then, all of the sudden, they weren't. This user-made Amazon list of the top 20 bestselling soundtracks of all time includes only two albums released this century, and those -- O Brother,More »

By: Chris DeVille / February 19, 2015

Drake’s If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late Sets Spotify’s First-Week Streaming Record

Drake's surprise "mixtape" If You're Reading This It's Too Late set the record for the most streams of an album in its first week in the United States. The record was released last Thursday right before midnight, and was streamed 17.3 million times in three days according to the Associated Press. Drake actually… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / February 17, 2015

Watch Drake Cover “Only One” & “FourFiveSeconds,” Bring Out Kanye For “I Don’t Like” In NYC

Drake's headlining show at last night's Sprite NBA All-Star Weekend concert at Irving Plaza served as something of a victory lap for the successful release of his surprise new mixtape, If You're Reading This It's Too Late, and he brought the other biggest name in rap along to celebrate. After covering Kanye West's two… More »

By: James Rettig / February 14, 2015

Premature Evaluation: Drake If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late

Drake is calling If You're Reading This It's Too Late a "mixtape," even though he's selling it for money and even though its stream got yanked from Livemixtapes in a matter of hours. Drake is no dummy. If he's really thinking of IYRTITL as a mixtape, he knows better than to give it away for… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 13, 2015

Drake’s Surprise Mixtape Projected To Debut At #1

This time yesterday the Fifty Shades Of Grey soundtrack seemed likely to cruise to an easy #1 debut next week with projected sales of 160,000. Then Drake went and dropped If You're Reading This It's Too Late out of nowhere, and the mixtape/album/whatever is suddenly poised to demolish all comers. Billboard predicts the… More »

By: Chris DeVille / February 13, 2015

Drake’s Homecoming Concert Film Coming To Theaters For One Night Only

"I hope they document what I'm becoming," raps an impossibly young and fresh-faced Drake on "Congratulations," the final song in the preview for a new concert film called Drake's Homecoming: The Lost Footage. The film features footage from his hometown concert in 2009 at Toronto's Sound Academy around the time So Far Gone was taking… More »

By: Caitlin White / February 13, 2015

Drake Drops Surprise Mixtape If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late

Drake has released a surprise mixtape, If You're Reading This It's Too Late. It contains 17 tracks and has features from Lil Wayne, Travi$ Scott, and PARTYNEXTDOOR. Earlier today, Drake shared a short film called Jungle. Missinfo points out that this is probably the mixtape that Toronto Raptors player DeMar DeRozan accidentally mentioned… More »

By: James Rettig / February 12, 2015

Watch Drake’s Short Film Jungle

Y'all ready for 14 minutes of Pensive Drake? This morning, Aubrey Graham posted a new short film called Jungle on his website, and it's an extended mood piece that presumably exists to build anticipation for Views From The 6, his forthcoming album. It's got a lot of slick and apparently-staged images of Drake worrying that… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 12, 2015

iLoveMakonnen Lines Up Drake, Rihanna, Diplo, Skrillex For Debut LP

iLoveMakonnen is one of the most compelling artists coming out of Atlanta's newest wave of culture-defying hip-hop, and ever since Drake hopped on a remix of his weekday ode "Tuesday" and signed him to OVO, Makonnen's star continues to rise. Proof? "Tuesday" was nominated for a Grammy for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration. And while… More »

By: Caitlin White / February 10, 2015
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